This summer, we will launch a historic Portal between Washington, D.C. and Havana, Cuba. Join us!
Portals are gold shipping containers equipped with immersive audio-visual technology inside. When you enter one you come face-to-face with someone in another Portal and the two of you can talk, sing and dance as if in the same room. Real-time translation is also available.
The first Portal pair was between Iran and the U.S. In just a few weeks, over a thousand people in both countries entered the Portal one-at-a-time. They met a stranger in the other country and spent 20 private, personal minutes together discussing daily life -- food, family, love and loss. They came out giddy, weeping and everything in between.
Artists collaborated together -- painters, musicians, poets and actors. An Iranian American dancer performed live for his family in Tehran, for the first time. Special guests like documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gave advice to students in Tehran and talked shop with their peers. Sixth graders in the U.S. asked university students in Tehran about what their sixth grade was like.